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Konerko, Quintana, Santiago could participate in WBC

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Konerko, Quintana, Santiago could participate in WBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Paul Konerko could play for Team USA in next years World Baseball Classic while it appears Jake Peavy and Chris Sale wont.

As the WBC picks up steam -- manager Joe Torre addressed the media at the winter meetings on Monday -- potential rosters have begun to trickle out. A White Sox team source said Monday that Konerkos name was part of a first draft of the roster for Torres team.

White Sox prospect Andre Rienzos name has been included on Brazils roster while Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago could pitch for Colombia and Puerto Rico, respectively.

Asked for his thoughts on the inclusion of White Sox players in the WBC, which runs from March 2-19, general manager Rick Hahn admits its a difficult scenario from a team standpoint.

Its tough because you get conflicted, Hahn said. Youre wearing your White Sox hat and you want them under your watchful eye and wearing your industry hat and know this is a big event and has international appeal and you want to do what you can to support it. Im paid to wear a White Sox hat right now.

Meet the Prospects: Zack Collins

Meet the Prospects: Zack Collins

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Zack Collins

Collins, the 22-year-old catcher, has been projected as the White Sox catcher of the future since he was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

A Florida native and University of Miami product, Collins initially was celebrated for his batting prowess and faced questions about his defensive abilities, only to improve with the glove in 2017 while he watched some offensive numbers slip a bit.

After joining the White Sox organization in 2016, Collins slashed .258/.418/.467 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 36 games at Class A Winston-Salem. In 2017, he played 101 more games at Winston-Salem, slashing .223/.365/.443 with 17 homers and 48 RBIs. He also played a dozen games at Double-A Birmingham, where he added a couple more homers and five more RBIs.

This offseason's signing of Welington Castillo installs a veteran backstop for two or three seasons at the big league level, meaning there's no rush for Collins to get to the majors.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Collins rated as the No. 7 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Collins in the video above.

Fantasy baseball: Taking another crack at projecting the White Sox 2021 lineup

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Fantasy baseball: Taking another crack at projecting the White Sox 2021 lineup

Playing a rebuild-centric edition of fantasy baseball is all the rage for South Side baseball fans.

After Baseball America forecasted the White Sox starting lineup for the 2021 season, it sparked a new round of projections, and we weren't going to be excluded.

So here's a guess at what the South Siders will look like three years from now, with some variables obviously being discussed such as additions the team could make through free agency or a trade — Manny Machado? Nolan Arenado? Christian Yelich? — and which of their bevy of young pitchers could be left out of the starting rotation of the future.

Also be sure to send us your future lineups on Twitter. We're @NBCSWhiteSox.

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